It took Francois Hougaard many years to finally open up regarding the fallout following the death of Reeva Steenkamp. The SCA increased Oscar Pistorius’s sentence for her murder to 13 years, and after six years the former scrumhalf of the Springbok’s decided to open up.
Francois Hougaard found it challenging to cope with her death and all the media attention he had to deal with during the trial of Reeva’s boyfriend. South Africa n’s wanted a much heavier punishment for Oscar Pistorius who killed Reeva Steenkamp.
Hougaard Agrees to Daily Mail Interview
Hougaard is now part of the Worcester Warriors in the United Kingdom and agreed to an exclusive interview with the Daily Mail. In this interview, he offers details on how he and Reeva dated for a while as well as how extremely shocked he was to learn that Oscar Pistorius shot her dead. The shooting that took place on Valentine’s Day in 2013 led to reports after her death that is all started with an SMS that she received from Hougaard. Many believe that the Paralympian killed Steenkamp out of jealousy.
Difficult Situation to Cope with Death of Reeva Steenkamp
Hougaard speaks up about the fact that everyone believed that he did send her a message and that it was the cause of the jealousy; this was exceptionally tough for him to deal with. Hougaard saw a psychologist for assistance to cope with this situation although the media had his name and Netwerk24 reported on him attending Reeva Steenkamp’s funeral. The same news agency also stated that he and Steenkamp were seeing each other on and on and off basis since October 2012 up to January 2013. TimesLive also said on his attendance at her funeral that took place in Port Elizabeth, even though he never spoke to any journalist.
Lorinda Voges Released Statement at the Time Indicating That it was a Sad Ordeal
Oscar Pistorius first got five years for culpable homicide, and then the Supreme Court increased his sentence to 13 years. The arrogant Pistorius said in an interview in 2016 that he believed that Reeva would not want him to waste his life behind bars. After all the rumours, Pistorius also told ITV that Steenkamp did not receive an SMS from Hougaard on the night he shot her. He claims he thought she was an intruder, although not many believe his story.
Francois Hougaard Signed Contract Until 2021
Hougaard’s contract with Worcester Warriors continues till 2021, and he shocked many die-hard fans when he announced that he is planning to quit his international career. He made this decision due to his eagerness to study an MBA degree. Pistorius is still in jail and his sentence of 15 year was reduced to 13 years due to time served. The convicted murderer is now leading Bible studies in prison, and he will only be eligible for parole in 2023.